Uganda imposes life improsonment for homosexual acts

UGANDA has passed an anti-gay bill that imposes life sentences for some homosexual acts.

Ugandan MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the bill in a move described by opponents as a truly terrifying day for human rights

The bill does not include the death penalty as it did for aggravated homosexual acts when first tabled in 2009.

Instead, those caught engaging in homosexual acts for a second time, as well as for gay sex where one partner is a minor or is infected with HIV, will face life in prison.

Ugandan media reported that a proposal for a reduced 14-year sentence was rejected by MPs who instead upheld the penalty of life imprisonment.

It has been widely condemned by activists and world leaders with US President Barack Obama describing the bill as odious and Archbishop Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu comparing it to apartheid.

Topics:  homophobia homosexuality uganda

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